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U.S. State Fiscal Policy and Natural Resources

Alexander James

No 2014-02, Working Papers from University of Alaska Anchorage, Department of Economics

Abstract: An analytical framework predicts that, in response to an exogenous increase in resource-based government revenue, a benevolent government will partially substitute away from taxing income, increase spending and save. Fifty-one years of U.S.-state level data are largely consistent with this theory. A baseline fixed effects model predicts that a $1.00 increase in resource revenue results in a $0.25 decrease in non-resource revenue, a $0.43 increase in spending and a $0.32 increase in savings. Instrumenting for resource revenue reveals that a positive revenue shock is largely saved and the rest is transferred back to residents in the form of lower non-resource tax rates.

Keywords: Severance Tax; Fiscal Policy; Natural Resources (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q38 H20 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014-08
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Forthcoming in the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy

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